As first reported by the Connecticut Post’s Mike Cardillo last Friday, the Brookfield softball team endured a scary night at DeLuca Field in their SWC semifinal win over Masuk when in the third inning coach Frank Bonacci needed to be carted away in an ambulance for an apparent lapse in breathing.
It was the Bobcats who gave their coach a scare Wednesday, when they were within a strike of bowing out of the Class L second round at the hands of 12th-seeded Berlin.
The fifth-seeded Bobcats rallied for a 3-2 win in eight innings. Bonacci — who had been given an epidural earlier in the day last Friday, for a pinched nerve in his neck, that he said was unrelated to the in-game incident — gave an update on his health after the game.
“It was pretty scary,” said Bonacci, who was given the option of postponing last Saturday’s SWC final against Oxford (which the Bobcats lost 3-2) to Sunday but felt well enough to coach. “(The doctors) still aren’t sure exactly what was wrong but they think it might be asthma-related, maybe. I’ve never had asthma and that was the first thing (my primary care physician and I) talked about. They were just trying to rule out heart attack, which, honestly, that’s what I thought I was having. I was laboring (to breathe).
“I’m starting to feel better,” he added. “But it was pretty damn scary.”